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Blood Brothers smash Arch to Arc world record

Mark, James and John Peter Whittaker from The Peel Group, along with friends Gary Morton, Gary Shaw and Tom Hardman have beaten the World Record for the Enduroman Arch to Arc.

The previous record holders completed the challenge within 35 hours and 53 minutes an amazing time but their record was beaten by 2 hours and 48 minutes with the Blood Brothers finishing in 33 hours and 5 minutes!

The challenge from Marble Arch started at 12.30am on Tuesday 23 September and the 87 mile run to Dover was completed in 9 hours and 6 minutes.

The Channel Swim then began and was finished at 10.40pm on Tuesday night with a swim time of 11 hours and 39 minutes.

The final leg of the challenge was a 181 mile bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe at Paris which was completed in an amazing 8 hours and 48 minutes.

The victorious team reached the Arc de Triomphe at 10am on Wednesday 24 September, with an overall time of 33 hours and 5 minutes.

John Whittaker, Chairman of The Peel Group said, “Congratulations to the Blood Brothers team who not only completed this gruelling challenge but also managed to beat the World Record in doing so. The team have been asking their supporters to donate a unit of blood instead of money and have raised a lot of awareness for this worthy cause. I, and the rest of The Peel Group, are very proud of the whole team.”

Mark Whittaker, Investment Director at Peel and one of the members of the Blood Brothers team added, “We are thrilled to not only have completed the Arch to Arc challenge but also to have smashed the World Record! The team underwent gruelling training schedules which helped us to achieve the fantastic time. Each and every member of the team gave it 110% and we’re relieved to have finished the race after a non-stop 33 hours! Now we have to decide on our next challenge!”

The team asked supporters to donate a unit of blood instead of money to help the many people undergoing long-term treatments, and in emergencies, who rely on blood donations to help them survive. Any supporters who were unable to give blood, were asked to make a donation to Anthony Nolan on the A2A Blood Brothers Just Giving page.

Mark added, “We are still accepting donations and would encourage all our supporters to continue to give blood. Don’t forget to let us know on our social media channels if you do.”

If you would like to donate blood, please visit the Give Blood website and remember to let us know you have donated by sending us a message on our website or via Twitter.